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Hey Now, You’re A Fantasy All-Star

By Chris Johnson
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The NFL season is in full swing as we finish up week 12 and head into week 13.  Fantasy football’s regular season, however, is coming to an end.  With week 13 being the end of the regular season in most fantasy leagues, I wanted to go over the fantasy all-star team for 2011.  Let’s take a look at who has been an absolute beast this year as we all get ready for the fantasy playoffs.

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay.  Rodgers has been the best quarterback in football this year, period.  Not only is he the number one quarterback in fantasy, but he is by far the best player in fantasy.  In standard scoring leagues Rodgers is 44 points ahead of the next closest player.  He has 33 passing touchdowns and 2 rushing, and I don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.

Running Back: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia.  McCoy is by far the top running back in fantasy this year.  He is first in rushing yards with over a thousand already, and he is tied for first in touchdowns with 11.  He is the type of back that you know will get you consistent points with the ability to have a huge game.

Running Back: Arian Foster, Houston.  I could have gone a couple of ways with this one.  In fact, a week and a half ago I might have said Adrian Peterson or Fred Jackson.  With late-season injuries to Jackson and Peterson, I pick Foster as my RB2.  Foster had a slow start, missing two of the first three weeks and leaving the game in week two.  He has since bounced back with 805 yards and 7 rushing touchdowns, along with 469 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.  He has had four games scoring 20 or more points and has been well worth his preseason hype.

Running Back/ Wide Receiver, Flex: DeMarco Murray, Dallas.  Murray has been one of the surprise stories of the 2011 season.  Since taking over for Felix Jones in week seven, he has been money.  He is averaging 16.5 points a week since becoming the starter and has been an absolute must start.  Sure there have been better running backs this season but for a gut that in most leagues wasn’t even drafted I am putting Murray as my all-star flex.

Wide Receiver: Calvin Johnson, Detroit.  Johnson is easily the best wide receiver in fantasy.  He has 1023 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving.  He has four games with more than one touchdown and five games with over a hundred yards.  Although his production has slowed down a little, Megatron is still the top wide out of 2011.

Wide Receiver: Steve Smith, Carolina.  Smith was not drafted very highly or even at all in some leagues.  After a dismal 2010 season, Smitty has completely turned it around with 1060 yards and 5 touchdowns receiving.  You can’t go wrong with Smith, and he has to be the fantasy comeback player of the year.

Tight End: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans.  Graham has been the most consistent TE in fantasy.  In a time when tight ends are just as good as some wide receivers, Graham has been a shining star.  He has 958 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season.  He is the main target on the Saints pass friendly team, Graham has been fantasy goodness for anyone with him on their roster.

Defense: Ravens.  The Ravens D is always tough, and this year is no exception.  They have six games scoring double digit points and three games scoring 20 or more points.  In week five they scored three defensive touchdowns against the Jets.  If your defense is scoring touchdowns, you are in good shape.

Kicker: Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland.  There isn’t much to say here: he is a kicker and we aren’t going to go nuts about it, but he can kick them from short, from far, from right, from left.  He’s money… but again, it’s a kicker.

Who are your fantasy all-stars for this year?

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